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The one, the only

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Maybe it’s all that legalized pot he’s been smoking. Governor Moonbeam is off in his blinkered fantasy world again.

CA Gov. Brown: Sanctuary Cities Don’t Benefit Illegals

Like, dude, that’s totally what they’re for. Put the bong down, step away from the hash pipe.

California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday insisted that California’s “sanctuary state” laws do not benefit criminal illegal aliens.

While speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Brown was asked whether California’s “sanctuary state” laws favor the “rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights” of law-abiding Californians.

Brown said that notion is “absolutely false” and claimed that there is not a “scintilla of evidence that would support such an outlandish” proposition.

The California governor also said that it is a “lie” to say that Fullerton’s Grace Aguilar would still be alive if the state had more stringent immigration enforcement.

Aguilar, who was just six years of age, was reportedly murdered this year while sitting in her front yard by a twice-deported illegal immigrant who was driving under the influence.

I’m not familiar with this case, but to make those murder charges stick they’d better be able to prove planning and malice aforethought, otherwise it’s just vehicular homicide.

And if the drunken beaner had been tossed out, and kept out by better border enforcement, that child would probably still be alive. So he’s tripping. Typical.


Read it the way you want: ambiguous headline too concise for clarity

McConnell Shuts Down Bill To Protect Mueller

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

McConnell said the bill is unnecessary because President Donald Trump will not fire Mueller.

“We’ll not be having this on the floor of the Senate,” McConnell said on Fox News.

His comments came amid widespread opposition to the bill among members of his caucus, with several GOP senators saying the bill is unconstitutional. Others said it’s simply not good politics to try and tell Trump what to do, likening the legislation to “poking the bear.”

The bipartisan legislation was introduced last week as Trump publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign as well as possible obstruction of justice by the president. Trump, fuming about a raid of his personal lawyer’s office by a different division of the FBI, said last week that the Mueller investigation is “an attack on our country” and is “corrupt.”

Trump has also privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller’s investigation.

Within a day of Trump’s criticism, Republicans Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina combined two bills they introduced last summer to protect special counsels. They introduced the new bill along with Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, announced that his committee would vote on the bill.

Ah ha. So a bill was introduced by RINOS and other Deep Staters to protect the leader of this out of control investigation. And McConnell torpedoed it. Which means Mueller is still serving at the President’s pleasure. Good. Let him twist in the wind over that one.

Still, a comma or a “that would” or a few similar short words would have made it easier to peruse the news headlines without any confusion. First world problems: I had to click the link and then read a whole sentence to learn what it was all about.



Barbara Bush has died. She was 92. I always liked her. Rest in peace.


Breaking story ...

Horry Clap!!!

SouthWest Air Engine Blowout: 1 dead, 1 partially sucked out of window?


One person was killed and seven others were injured Tuesday after a Southwest Airlines plane engine apparently blew midair, officials said.

Flight 1380, which was headed from LaGuardia Airport in New York City to Dallas’ Love Field, made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport just before 11:30 a.m. The jet had 144 passengers and five crew members aboard.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt confirmed the death at a news conference Tuesday. It was the first passenger fatality on a U.S. airline since 2009, according to the NTSB.

Seven others were treated for minor injuries, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said, adding that one of the engines experienced a fuel leak when firefighters arrived on scene, and a small fire was quickly brought under control.

The plane made an emergency landing after the crew reported damage to one of the engines, the fuselage and at least one window, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The plane was at about 30,000 feet when the engine blew, so a bird strike isn’t going to be the reason.  Passengers lost their shit, no kidding. But the air crew did their jobs, and the plane got down safely.

Southwest passenger Marty Martinez, who was seated two rows behind the blown-out window, told CNN what it was like when the engine failed: People were screaming, crying, and trying but failing to send text messages and calls:

Thirty minutes into the flight, it was just a standard flight, then all of a sudden there’s this loud explosion. And it — like within a span of five seconds, all of the — all of the oxygen masks deployed. And then, just a few seconds later, another explosion happened, and it was the window, that just completely exploded. And as you can imagine, everybody was going crazy, and yelling and screaming. And as this was all happening, you looked at the flight attendants, their reaction — and it seemed like, some of them were starting to cry. We knew that we were in a really bad place. And all I can think of was, the plane’s going down, I’m like we’re probably not going to make it, what do I do. I knew I couldn’t get any text messages out, I couldn’t make any calls. So I just immediately thought to whip out my laptop, so I grabbed my laptop, and as the plane is going down, I am literally purchasing internet just so I can get some kind of communication to the outside world.Passenger Marty Martinez said he logged onto Facebook and started a live video as the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

The live video seemed like the best way to communicate with all of his loved ones at the same time, he said.  It showed Martinez, his oxygen mask strapped over his mouth, looking into the camera and typing updates to the friends and family members who tuned in.

“I felt I had this moment left to kind of get some communication out and once I got public internet access, I thought, ‘How can I get out to a mass group of people, rather than just texting?’” he told CNN. “You know, having to prioritize my loved ones text them individually, I thought, I’ll go to Facebook Live. So I Facebook Live’d the whole thing, and was then sending out messages to my mom my dad my sister, all my loved ones back home. And it was absolutely a terrifying experience.”

Martinez said he didn’t think he’d survive the flight.

“The plane was going down fast, it felt like things were getting worse, people were screaming, and all I could focus on was just sending out messages that I wanted to get out to the people that I loved,” he said.


So True




Good News Everyone: Cheap Consumer Electronics From Japan?
Japanese out island chock full of rare earths.
Gosh, I hope they put their navy in place before announcing this


A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan’s economic future. How huge? One economist called it a “game changer.” The researchers who helped find it said it had “tremendous potential.”

It’s mud. A whole bunch of mud—an estimated 16 million tons, to be exact. And in that mud, there are massive, “semi-infinite” stores of valuable rare earth minerals.

Rare earth minerals contain rare earth elements (located here on the periodic table) that are used in high-tech devices like smartphones, missile systems, radar devices and hybrid vehicles. For instance, yttrium, one of the metals included in this recent discovery,

can be used to make camera lenses, superconductors and cell phone screens.

According to a new paper published by a team of Japanese researchers, this huge patch of mineral-rich deep sea mud lies near Minamitori Island [ formerly known as Marcus Island ], a small island 1,200 kilometers (790 miles) off the coast of Japan.

The 16 million tons of materials could contain 780 years worth of yttrium, 620 years worth of europium, 420 years worth of terbium, and 730 years worth of dysprosium. In other words, according to the paper, it “has the potential to supply these materials on a semi-infinite basis to the world.”

Good. That will break China’s stranglehold on the rare earths. They own or control at least 95% of them, even if large mines full are right here in the USA. Go Japan.

Minamitori Island is about 850 miles NW of Wake Island, and 850 miles NE of Guam, and 750 miles SE of the Bonin Islands which are 560 miles S of Tokyo, and these days once again belong to Japan. So it’s out in the middle of total nowhere. Hope they brought the navy, because now that the news is out ...




1 man, 1 dindu

I am so tired of these fake SJW moments. They’re engineered, nearly all of them. And those that aren’t are purposely interpreted in the worst possible light, to prove the cause that racism is so prevalent and virulent. I think we need a new word for

these situations, one that the stupid snowflakes and SJWs will think is cool, but people in the know will understand is Secret White Code for “here they go again, another BS situation used as an excuse for another chimp out so they can play the

“perpetual victims”. Because sometimes an eyeroll rolleyes just isn’t specific enough. So I submit the term ”Rosa” or being “Rosaed”, in honor of that “great” civil rights leader Rosa Parks, because the thing with her and the back of the bus was not

happenstance. It was a deliberate pre-planned action. Granted, that one needed to happen back in those days. But this story, and this week’s faux-outrage over that Philly Starbucks, are horse manure. False flags. Rosas. And I’m sick and tired of the whole thing.

And I’m tired of The Resistance news media playing up to it all the time. It’s just agitprop, because Trump. (this story happened during the reign of Lord Obama the Lightworker)

W. Kamau Bell: I know what it’s like to get kicked out for being black

CNN: As a black man who was kicked out of a coffee shop in 2015, I had some thoughts when I heard about the two black men being kicked out and arrested for loitering in a Starbucks in Philadelphia recently. For the record, I wasn’t kicked out of a Starbucks. I was kicked out of The Elmwood Cafe, an independently owned and operated coffee shop in Berkeley, California.
My story is in many ways the same as the two black men in Philadelphia. ... when I was kicked out, the news was filled with stories of Ferguson, Missouri, after the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson cop named Darren Wilson, so what could have happened if the police had shown up was front and center on my mind. ... Our stories are similar in a couple of ways. We both had white women step up to get involved. The white woman in their situation is Melissa DePino, who taped it on her phone and live tweeted the entire arrest. That is the only reason we are all talking about it right now. In my case I had a ringer, my wife. She was there when I was kicked out of The Elmwood Cafe. In fact, in a weird way it was her fault I was kicked out, because I was kicked out for talking to her. They thought I was trying to sell her something. I was showing her and her friends a new children’s book I had just bought about Mildred and Richard Loving, the couple who is responsible for making interracial marriage legal throughout the country. And if that doesn’t seem corny enough, it was also my birthday! “Happy Birthday! The Elmwood Cafe got you some racism!” The other way in which my situation is similar to the black men in Philly is the playbook that Starbucks is running is eerily similar to the one The Elmwood Cafe ran ...

Riiight. He’s a victim. Horse. Crap. The whole thing was a setup, or a situation that could be taken advantage of for agitprop. A Rosa.

1) The guy looks like a homeless bum. No surprise the merchant was wary. Berkeley, like San Francisco, is crawling with them. Dress like you’ve bathed this month, and these things won’t happen. Especially not in trendy spendy little businesses.

2) He obviously didn’t sit down with these women, order something to eat, and show his book around the table.

3) Not one of the women at the table spoke up for him? Really? Not one?? Not even his wife who was there with her phone in video mode?
   Excuse me ladies, is this man bothering you?
     No, it’s OK Mr. Cafe Owner Guy, he’s with us.
     Actually, he’s my husband.
   Hey, no problem, I’ll get you an extra chair. Would you like to see a menu sir?
That’s all it would have taken.

4) Oooh, they have a video. What an amazing coincidence. Instead of trying to defuse a nascent situation, just let it escalate while recording it. I haven’t watched it, I’m not going to. It’s a con.

5) And he was so worried that the po-po was gonna come and shoot his black ass. “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Oh puh-leez. Step off, clown boy.

6) And of course, typical black guy who is never ever at fault for anything (otherwise known as “I dindu nuttin” aka a dindu), it’s his wife’s fault. Uh huh, riiiight.

Like I said, a total Rosa. Another Push. Let’s see what we can get away with; let’s stir up some trouble just for the fun of it.

And the Philly Starbucks thing is a major load as well. Hey geniuses: a place of business is not a public hangout. It’s not the street corner. If you go in and hang around, the expectation that you’ll either a) shop, or b) buy something, is not any kind of stretch. And if they have a “rest rooms for customers only” policy, that’s their right. So buy something. Or even use your brain: you both get on line, one goes to pee, comes back, and then you ask for the cheapest thing on the menu, make a show of digging through your pockets, and then decline the sale because you don’t have enough cash. You might not get to hang around for long, but at least you got away with using the bathroom. So shut up already. Or just pony up a buck or three and get a coffee, then hit up your bud for the money when he shows up (assuming you’re not being arrested by then).

I’m so tired of this.




Well, there’s a new car parked outside. She got her wheels. I haven’t seen it yet, because she was at the dealership so long she didn’t get home until after dark. After all the gyrations we went through, she’s pretty stoic about it. “It doesn’t feel like my car” she says, because she’s leasing it. Time will tell. It’s the same car as mine, same color even, only a sedan in lesser trim without the swanky interior and all the neato electronic gizmos my hatchback has. Crivens, no Heads Up Display, and she didn’t even get the LED headlights, which are without a doubt the best lights I’ve ever had on a vehicle. Still, I’m sure the halogens it comes with are better than the old dim things on her last car. Egad, I had to (why are things like this always the guy’s job???) do the headlight polishing thing every year just to get some light on the road, since their plastic lenses were so darn ancient and cloudy.


At what point does it become insurrection? Open rebellion? And then what do you do?

California: Our Guard Troops Won’t Guard The Border

California has rejected the federal government’s initial plans for National Guard troops to the border because the work is considered too closely tied to immigration enforcement, two U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

The state informed federal officials it will not allow its troops to fix and repair vehicles, operate remotely-controlled surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol, operate radios and provide “mission support,” which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payroll, according to officials with knowledge of the talks who spoke condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Oh good, then we can just expect them to shoot illegal border crossers then?

California Gov. Jerry Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week after he pledged 400 troops to the Guard’s third large-scale border mission since 2006.

The governor’s commitment allowed Trump to boast support from all four border-state governors and helped put the president above the lower end of his threshold of marshaling 2,000 to 4,000 troops that he wants as a border security mission to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

But the Democratic Brown conditioned his support by insisting that California’s troops have nothing to do with immigration enforcement. He was not specific about jobs his troops would or would not perform or how he would distinguish between immigration-related work and going after criminal gangs and drug and gun smugglers.

California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said Monday that the state was awaiting a formal response from the administration and had no additional details beyond the governor’s proposed agreement released last week that includes a ban on immigration enforcement.

Evan Westrup, a spokesman for the governor, did not immediately answer detailed question about California’s rejection of specific guard duties.

Talks between U.S. and California officials about the duties the California troops would perform soured Friday and over the weekend after state authorities told federal officials that they would not participate in vehicle maintenance and the other jobs outlined for an initial phase across the border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, the U.S. officials said. The other border-state governors — all Republicans — have openly embraced Trump’s plans.

The state’s position infuriated some federal officials because the restrictions California officials wanted to impose on what the state’s troops would not do were considered onerous, the officials said.

Ok, on the one hand, posse comitatus, using troops for law enforcement. Pretty sure we have laws against that, a whole Act, since about 1878.

On the other hand, I recall a MAD magazine piece from when I was a kid, about what if unions got in the military? There was the “9 to 5 Army” and plenty of “it’s not my job” bits and grievance committees. My take: when you’re in the service, and you get called up, you do the duty given you. You don’t get to pick and choose.

On the third hand, maybe illegal border crossers shouldn’t be considered as criminals. No, they’re invaders, and thus an enemy, who can be shot. Which would shut CA Governor Moonbeam the heck up.


Semper Fi, Gunny

R. Lee Ermey, 74


R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.

“He will be greatly missed by all of us,” Rogin wrote. “Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”

A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 at age 17. He served for 11 years, including 14 months in Vietnam, before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic, “Apocalypse Now,” in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot.

But Ermey didn’t get his big break until eight years later, in Kubrick’s own take on Vietnam. He was originally supposed to be a technical adviser, but Kubrick offered him the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Ermey railing at extras while tennis balls flew at him.

In his role as a drill instructor breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., Ermey roared his way into film history by berating his unfortunate charges.

“Here you are all equally worthless,” Ermey/Hartman says by way of introduction. “And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?”


“Full Metal Jacket” earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career playing authority figures—from Mayor Tilman in 1988’s “Mississippi Burning” to little green army man Sarge in the more family-friendly “Toy Story.”

In all, Ermey racked up more than 60 credits in television and film, including apperances in “Se7en,” “Prefontaine,” and “Toy Soldiers.” He also hosted the History Channel series “Mail Call” and “Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey.”

An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being “blackballed” from Hollywood over his political views.


cats dogs and probably ponies too

Man it’s pouring. The sky unzipped last night, and it’s been coming down in buckets since. Plus lots of wind. This morning there are flash flood watches all over the state, power outages, and of course the traffic is a total mess everywhere. It’s raining so hard our kittehs are spooked from the noise on the roof.

So far no thunder. And no snow. Count your blessings, right?




Hey, but he raised his carbon footprint!!!

Gay Rights Lawyer Self-Immolates To Protest Global Warming

A few hundred thousand more like him, and we’ll be in a better place.

A “green” activist who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights — including in the notorious “Boys Don’t Cry” rape murder case — committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in a grisly act of protest against the ecological destruction of the Earth.

David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.

He left the note in a manila envelope marked “To The Police,” recovered from inside a black metal pushcart he discarded at the scene.

“Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result,” Buckel wrote in his note, which he also sent to the New York Times. “My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.”
He added, “Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death.” Passers-by were horrified to see Buckel’s burned remains.

And OF COURSE he couldn’t just off his AIDS-riddled ass in private, he HAD to make a public spectacle. Look at me, me me me me!!! Typical fag, right to the end.


Well, we got one day of Spring. ONE DAY. It was lovely and warm yesterday, upper 70s and the sun was even out for a few hours. Then towards evening the clouds rolled in and the wind started up and the temperature dropped. This morning it’s gray and chilly, high 30s, and the forecast is for several days of damp and rather cool. Grrr. April is strange here. We usually get most of a week of Summer, kind of an early surprise, with the old thermometer hitting the 90s for a few days, and then it goes back to regular Spring. This year, it looks like we got one day of it instead. Whoop dee doo.

OK, time to get the electric heater running in the garage so we can go through a billion boxes of stuff to find paperwork from years ago. Not for taxes, since today is classically Tax Day. No, this year you get 2 extra days, since Tax Day is a Sunday, and Monday is Patriot’s Day. Not that I know what Patriot’s Day is, but I can guess, and I’m not even sure when it started. Recently. Seems like another holiday day off with pay for government workers. No, we’re paper hunting because we need to find the title for her old car, the Yellow Peril. I guess it was just too damn cold to go and search for the thing back in February when we started car shopping, even though begging the state for a copy costs $60 and may take weeks. Leave it for the last second, then panic. Not that I didn’t float the idea to find it back then. Oh well. And another day gets burned up in the car search game.


Work is for suckers.  All you need is nice hair and a first class set of bolt on titties.

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Former Disney Channel child star Bella Thorne comments that she makes SIXTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS every time she makes an Instagram post. Which she often does several times a day, putting up minimal and inane verbiage, and a selfie or two of herself, barely clad, out and about while dressed as a freak.

I started out at 18 with literally $200 in my bank account, and I bought this house a year later. That’s all from social media. ... I was raised to think social media was everything.

And for her, I guess it is. As long as you’re pretty and popular, the money just rolls in by the barrel full.

In theory she’s an actress, and perhaps a singer or DJ, but her filmography is mostly little video shorts, aside from a part in some film called The Duff 3 years ago (sort of a remake of the popular-girls-in-high-school flick Mean Girls), and these days she has the lead in some YA series called Famous In Love. I’ve never even heard of it. Ah, it’s on the Freeform network, which I’ve also never heard of. Such an actress. So Instagram is a job to her, she’s a professional selfie poster. Making nearly $200 grand a day sometimes.

Work is for suckers. Like you. And me.


Vintage Miracle Garage Find

Well, we didn’t find the title to her car. We went through every box and bag and file cabinet and storage bin out. Every scrap of paper of our lives. No car title. You know what? I never got the title back when the loan was done on my 1997 Saturn SC2 either. Two decades later when I went to trade it in, I had to get a copy of the title from the state. I guess the loan companies don’t send it anymore. I always thought they did. OK, it’s her problem to solve now.

While digging through the slightly mildewy remnants of our past, I came across this ...


That’s a triple miracle you’re looking at. It’s a late 1980s vintage Texas Instruments Ti-60 calculator. An American made Adavanced Scientific model. It got me through college, and community college before that. It’s been out in the garage for more than 5 years, and I can’t tell you the last time I ever used it before that. That’s miracle #1. Miracle #2: It still works, and even still has the “recall values” in it ( it was semi-programable and could store 10 values in memory. You could also program in a couple multi step calculations. ) Miracle #3: IIRC those are the original batteries too, more than 30 years old and still going. Crivens!


Leftist projection, much?

Ann Navarro: Trump Bombed Syria To Deflect Attention From Comey, Cohen

CNN’s Ana Navarro tweeted Friday that President Trump may be striking Syrian targets in order to distract from news about James Comey and Michael Cohen’s office raid.

Navarro said:

It is true Trump may have ordered strikes against Syria to distract attention from Comey book & Cohen investigation

It is true Assad is committing genocide. The international community cannot, must not allow him to kill Syrians ppl w/impunity

The two, are not mutually exclusive

— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) April 14, 2018

The anti-Trump CNN commentator made these comments in the wake of Trump announcing new targeted strikes on Syria.

Stoopid Lefty. Can’t even get the projection meme right. Come on. Trump bombed Syria to take the attention away from the Stormy Daniels affair.

Which, duh, is EXACTLY what Bill Clinton did, when he bombed Kosovo, barely hours after the news about Monica broke. No wait, I’m wrong. He bombed Serbia because the Christians were getting the upper hand against the muzzies. Clinton bombed Saddam - was that the famous “aspirin factory” attack? - to take attention away from the Monica story.

Kosovo, Serbia, that whole mess ... I have no explanation for that. Other than that Camp Bondesteel is still going strong over there, 19 years after Clinton’s promise to bring all those troops “home by Christmas”.

Clinton’s bombing of Iraq in December 1998 was widely mocked as ‘Monica’s war’.

He ordered four days of strikes by bombers and cruise missiles at the height of his impeachment trial, brought in the wake of his admission that he had had a ‘not appropriate’ relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

The strikes - known as Operation Desert Fox- were ordered the day after the House of Representatives issued a report accusing the president of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ and ended on the day the articles of impeachment were passed.

Whatevs. This Navarro woman is a foaming moonbat, and her statement is total projection, but she probably doesn’t even realize it. And this is what passes for news on CNN.



Trump orders airstrikes on Syria for WND gas attacks

Good. That’s the way it should be, only 100 times bigger. Use poison gas and the entire world will come and bomb your ass back to the stone age, and take you out as well. So President Trump’s response is measured, precise, and not that big. Plus France and the UK joined in. Coalition. In your face John Kerry. And this shows just what a loser Obama was, with his BS Line In The Sand, then trusting the Russians would do the job and take away all of Assad’s WMDs, which we all know belonged to Saddam before that. Please.

Washington (United States) (AFP) - The United States, Britain and France launched punitive military strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime in response to its latest alleged chemical weapons atrocity, President Donald Trump announced Friday.

Shortly after Trump began a White House address to announce the action, large explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in a brutal seven-year-old civil war.

“A short time ago, I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said in a primetime televised speech to the nation.

“A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now under way. We thank them both. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime.”

A US official said the strikes had targeted chemical production facilities. Another official said multiple types of bombs were used, and a variety of targets chosen.

Trump also warned Russia and Iran not to stand by their ally in Damascus.


It is done. She has a new car.

After 4 months of shopping. Good. Lord. We were at the Mazda dealership for nearly 6 hours today. We drove a new Mazda 3, like mine but with an automatic transmission. We drove the sedan version of my car, with the 2.5 and a stick. Very much like mine, but not as fancy inside. We drove the brand new Mazda 6, which has been on the market for about a week. Not a bad car at all, and the interior is very nice. We drove the new turbo version of the 6, the new engine churning out 250 horses and 310 lb/ft of torque at just 2000rpm. It was very nice, although their regular 6 speed automatic transmission could use a little smoothing out. For all those high output numbers, it’s not as strong as I thought it would be. But it did just fine, and had more low speed grunt than the Honda 2.0T engine. We got one right off the carrier; it hadn’t been on the lot more than an couple hours. So we’re driving around with a car that still had the transport plastic on it, even on the wheels. I thought it was pretty darn nice. To my surprise, there is less headroom in the backseat in the larger 6 than there is in the smaller 3, in either the sedan or the hatchback version. And in the end, after looking at all sorts of numbers, she elected to lease a 3 sedan in the medium trim line. With a stick of course. So it’s just like her old car, but new, a tiny bit bigger, slightly better mpg, and has the basic set of modern electronic safety features. And we worked out a sweet deal with her trade in, customer loyalty discount, hard bargaining. So with just 2 g down, the payments are hardly over 200 a month. So it isn’t a big financial hit. And in 3 years, we’ll see where the automotive world is, since the technology is developing really fast, and so many of the high end pricey bits are quickly trickling down to become standard equipment on the lesser trim lines and even the less expensive models. It’s a good time to buy. Naturally, we had the entire dealership to ourselves today, Friday the 13th. So ours was their only sale today, which helped our bargaining position a bit as well.

She picks it up Monday evening. It’s the same red as mine, but with a black leatherette interior. Good enough.


We took 5 at bowling tonight. I threw a 245 in Game 2. So not bad. Missed a 600 series by just a little bit. So overall a good night. And I am so damn tired I can’t hardly see straight.


Oh joy, it’s Friday the 13th.

Vermont RINO Governor Goes BetaCuck, Signs Sweeping Gun Control Bill

“It’s for the safety of our children”

I’m really PISSED OFF that the “Republican” governor of Vermont just signed a major “common sense” gun control bill into law. He TOTALLY sold out his constituents, after running on a pro-2A platform. But gosh, they had a terrible school shooting in Vermont, so this was necessary. Oh wait, no, they didn’t. They hardly even have any murders up there, something like 6 or 7 a year. Because the whole state is filled with decent level headed white people. Except maybe for the college towns with all their imported liberals and snowflakes. So Vermont: 10 round rifle magazine limit, 15 round pistol magazine limit, no bump stocks, and the buying age is raised to 21. And no private gun sales between individuals without a NICS check. Effective right the heck now.  This is the state that has NEVER required a CCW permit or any kind of pistol permit. This is the state that has always allowed women to vote. This is the state that has NEVER had slavery, even since before it was a state. Vermont; it was all about freedom.

Those days are over.  Turncoat bastard.

And why did he do this? Because some kid wrote some dark fantasy story, “The diary of an active shooter”. And he also bought a shotgun. So they arrested him. For attempted mass murder, even though he never fired a shot or took his gun onto any school grounds. And the state supreme court promptly threw out his denial of bail, and pointed out that the charges were mighty mighty thin. But that was enough to trigger Governor RINO D. Triggly-Puff, who rolled over so fast he got carpet burns on his back. And to a chorus of boos and catcalls of “BS” and “traitor” he signed this extreme bit of legislation into law.

Futher Mocker.

MONTPELIER - Gov. Phil Scott spoke over protesters’ jeers and angry shouts as he signed a package of gun-related bills in a public ceremony at the Statehouse.

The new laws mark a historic shift for Vermont, where both Democratic and Republican leaders have traditionally resisted any firearms regulation. The legislation limits some aspects of gun possession and empowers authorities to remove guns from people who may be dangerous.

“I understand I may lose support over the decision to sign these bills today, but those are consequences I am prepared to live with,” Scott said on the steps of the Statehouse, next to his wife, Diana McTeague Scott, and flanked by a large group of cabinet officials and lawmakers.

And here comes the shameless hypocrisy:

Scott dedicated a portion of his speech to call for constructive dialogue in a time, he said, when too many Americans have “given up on listening.”

“As a society, we should all reflect on how we treat one another, and the example we’re setting for our kids. Because I believe our violence issue is fueled by our anger issue,” Scott said. “Our national dialogue has been reduced to angry, hateful social media posts that you can either like or not, with no room for conversation or respect or disagreement, and where facts and details no longer seem to matter.”

Right. Because the guy was voted in largely based on his pro-2A pro-freedom platform, highly popular in that state. Which he promptly stopped listening to. And has now signed a bill that would make a fat slice of Vermont’s population criminals for possessing illegal magazines and accessories. So much for respect or a conversation. What a turd. Total sell-out.

And OF COURSE, not one aspect of the legislation would have done a damn thing to stop their “mighta been a” school shooter. Because according to this local news report, the 21 year old age limit thing is actually a “take a hunter safety course first” thing. Which is not at all the same, and not what other networks are reporting. So somebody better read the actual damn bill and get the facts straight. My bet is that the kid walks, and my hope is that this RINO gets utterly smeared in the next primary. 

Yesterday’s bread was a fail. Not enough body to the dough, too slack, and the whole wheat taste was too strong. And it was a cow pat; not quite a brick, but a saggy flat loaf with an even but pretty small crumb. I can do better. That’s the nature of experimenting; sometimes it works and sometimes it don’t.

Woo hoo, we’re going car shopping again. And maybe ( fingers crossed, light a candle or two ) we may have found THE car. It looks great, has lots of power, has quite a bit more interior room than her old Sentra or my newer Mazda 3, handles very well, and this year’s model has a stronger, quieter body than last year’s. Plus it has just about every bell and whistle out there, and a bloody swank interior. And it costs a couple G less than an Accord EX-L. Does it get super-sipper mpg? No, it gets about the same mileage as every other car out there with a V6. Which really isn’t so bad, once you get your mind away from the paradigm of dinky little sub-compact econo-boxes. We’re going over to the dealer later this morning. If the seats fit her and the driving experience is as good as reports say, then please ... let it be done.





Loafing Around

3 flour hybrid loaf

Today’s bread is an equal mix of three flours: 200gm KABF, 200gm whole wheat, 200gm Hecker’s AP, with 2.5% kosher salt, 75% hydration, 1/3c fed sourdough starter, and 1/2tsp SAF instant yeast. And a tablespoon of white sugar to better feed the yeast.

The flours, salt, and sugar were whisked together in the KitchenAid, and then 450gm of water added. That mixer does the job real well, changing a “shaggy mess” into a creamy smooth dough in a matter of minutes. That pre-dough got a half retarded autolyse in an air-tight Cambro container; 5 hours in the fridge and then 10 or so hours out on the counter overnight. So this morning is was soft and extensible, and not overly gooey. Add in the yeast and starter, work it in and around, let it sit while I have a coffee, then do the stretch and fold kneading sessions every 20 minutes for the first hour. Then just leave it to rise.

The idea here is bread flour for body, whole wheat and sourdough starter for taste, all purpose flour for a crisp crust, and just a couple grams extra salt for an even better taste. It’s going to take a good 6 hours just to double in volume, at which point I’ll half the dough and put it in two proofing baskets. It may not be doubled in volume again by bedtime, so it will probably go in the fridge overnight to finish up and get baked tomorrow. Good bread takes time. Great bread takes lots of time. And a gentle hand. In theory, with this high a hydration level, this is “no knead” bread, but I always try to stretch the glutens 3 or 4 times early on. Just to get the body of the dough nice and strong. I can also add a dusting or two of flour if it looks way too wet.  This is another experiment in the “I want it all” category; my hope that the significant amount of AP flour, combined with the high hydration and the dual yeasts, will give me a huge open crumb and a bulletproof crust, along with the flavor I know that whole wheat, bread flour, and a good big splot of sourdough starter will generate. And away we go.


Boon Proofing

Atlanta Gas Station Offering Valet Service Pumping To Cut Down On Crime

Gas station now offers to pump your gas for you after string of ‘slider’ crimes
SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - A local gas station is using a practice of the past to help put a dent in a trending crime called sliding.

It’s something we don’t see too often in the metro area—Full service, where someone puts your gas in your car for you.

Sarah Cainion loves using the new gas valet service at the Shell gas station on Cascade Road near Interstate 285. 

“They pump your gas. They go get your receipt. They come and clean your windows for you and everything,” Cainion said.

She had avoided the area because of criminals who slide into your car while you pump gas and steal your personal items, or steal your car.

“But since they started the pumping I’ve come back,” she said.

The new gas valet full service is here in direct response to the criminals who contributed to a 200 percent increase in crime at the gas station recently.

One of the founders of the gas valet business says she began thinking of a safer way to pump gas.

“Without worrying about your surroundings or your personal property or your entire vehicle being taken,” said Monique Holliday, Co-Founder of Gas Valet.

Gas valet attendants will pump your gas, wash your windows and even get items from inside.

“They tell you if you need to get snacks they’ll get snacks for you,” Cainion said.

Isn’t that just so cute the way they have all these names for different kinds of street crime? The knock-out GAME, polar bear hunting, sliding, etc. As if it’s some kind of fun activity.

With “sliding”, you’re at a gas station, pumping your own, and some ground ape slides into your car from the other side and does a snatch ‘n go to steal whatever he can grab from inside. Or they just steal your car, but wait until after you fill the tank. Or they just rob you, since your back is turned and your hands are busy holding the gas pump hose. And yes, be triggered or not, too bad, but nearly all instances of this whole list of crimes are perpetrated by poor downtrodden disadvantaged inner city minority youth. Ground apes. Heboons, and probably sheboons too in this age of empowerment.



School Safety. Yeah right.

Sticks And Stones


Dumber Than A Box Of Rocks


Millcreek [ PA ] Township School District has armed teachers with small baseball bats, and maybe resolve.

Teachers aren’t expected to confront a gunman with the bats, schools Superintendent William Hall said.

“The bats are more symbolic than anything,” Hall said. “However, we do want to have one consistent tool to have at somebody’s disposal in a classroom in the event they have to fight.”

Each of the district’s approximately 500 teachers was given a 16-inch bat Monday during in-service training on how to respond to school shootings. The revised Trojan Response plan includes more options than a lockdown, Hall said.

“It’s not about just hiding and waiting,” he said. “There are options, and one of those is to fight.”

A 2008 Department of Homeland Security report on how to respond to an active shooter recommends getting away, if possible, hiding and, as a last resort, fighting.

The private Alice Institute in Medina, Ohio, teaches Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate skills to survive a shooting. To counter, or fight, an attack, the institute encourages potential victims to throw books, chairs and anything else at hand at a shooter that they can’t escape or hide from.

The Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County last month provided classrooms with buckets of river rocks to throw at a gunman.

It could work.


It’s a start I suppose, albeit a really foolish one. Little sticks and stones. Then maybe bigger sticks and stones. Then attaching the stones to the sticks. Sharp stones come next. Then find a way to throw or launch that stick rapidly for a fair distance. Than use denser rocks. Metal ones. Maybe made from lead. Then find a way to throw those small dense stones really fast, and give teachers the ability to throw lots of them really quickly. What, you mean guns? Maybe. Eventually. But high powered sling shots could be a step on the natural order of progression. Or they could just join the modern world; any technology from the 15th Century forward is superior to any of this stuff.

Half length bats. Because the maniac school shooter is going to walk right up to you before firing. At least with the rocks, you could issue 3 or 4 to each student and have them practice. WTH, they’re gonna get shot anyway. Might as well do something, and who knows, a hail of fist sized rocks just might stop a gunman at classroom distances. Before he gets off too many shots.

Schools Superintendent William Hall admitted,“The bats are more symbolic than anything. However, we do want to have one consistent tool to have at somebody’s disposal in a classroom in the event they have to fight.” Referring to a 2008 Department of Homeland Security report that recommended first running away, or, if possible hiding, or as a last resort fighting if a school attacker showed up, he added, “It’s not about just hiding and waiting. There are options, and one of those is to fight.”
The bats, according to Hall, are part of a district-wide school killing response plan which incorporates a “T.R.O.J.A.N.” plan including “Threat assessment,” “Run,” “Obstruct and barricade,” “Join forces,” “Attack,” and “Never give up.”

A TROJAN plan? Good Lord. That’s got to be the dumbest name ever. If you don’t know your history, then a Trojan is a condom. A really thin bit of latex that’s uncomfortable, can be difficult to use, breaks easily, and may or may not do the job. If you do know your history, then the one thing about the Trojans ... they let the horse in themselves. And got killed for it. May as well call this “response” plan WTFWDAMAWAISG:  WTF, We’re Dead Already, Might As Well Make An Idiotic Symbolic Gesture.
Horry Clap. Death by empty virtue signalling.


Honestly Dishonest: That’s Their OATH

Yahoo email rolls out new “privacy” policy: all your content are belong to us, plus we track you, analyze you, and sell whatever we can to whoever will pay for it.

I’ve had a Yahoo email account since 1999. When I logged in today, I got some flash screen telling me about their new privacy policy. I guess this is in response to Facebook and other social media places doing naughty bits with your info behind your back. Well in that case ...

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE !!!  Yahoo won’t be doing it behind your back. They’ll do it right up in your face, here’s your EULA, so just accept it, you serf. What happens if you don’t hit ACCEPT? You probably aren’t allowed to use their services any more.

Yahoo is now part of Oath, the media and tech company behind today’s top news, sports and entertainment sites and apps.

By choosing “I accept” below, you agree to Oath’s new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Below is a summary of some of the key updates.

To learn more about our approach to privacy, click here.

How we collect and use data.

We’ve updated some of the ways we collect and analyze user data in order to deliver services, content, relevant advertising and abuse protection.
This includes: analyzing content and information when you use our services (including emails, instant messages, posts, photos, attachments, and other communications), linking your activity on other sites and apps with information we have about you, and providing anonymized and/or aggregated reports to other parties regarding user trends.

Sharing Data with Verizon.

Oath and its affiliates may share the information we receive with Verizon. Learn more about Verizon’s privacy practices.

Combining data.

We also combine data among our services and across your devices. This will provide you with better personalized services and features across your devices and Oath accounts. We’ve provided information about your choices with respect to your use of our services, and given you control in our Privacy Controls section.

Information Collection and Use - General

We may collect and combine information when you interact with Oath Services including:

Information You Provide to Us.  We may collect the information that you provide to us, such as:
When you create an account with an Oath Service or brand. (Please note, when your use our Services, we may recognize you or your devices even if you are not signed in to our Services.) Oath may use device IDs, cookies, and other signals, including information obtained from third parties, to associate accounts and/or devices with you.
When you use our Services to communicate with others or post, upload or store content (such as comments, photos, voice inputs, videos, emails, messaging services and attachments).
Oath analyzes and stores all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail.  This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services.
When you otherwise use our Services, such as title queries, watch history, page views, search queries, view the content we make available or install any Oath software such as plugins.
When you sign up for paid Services, use Services that require your financial information or complete transactions with us or our business partners, we may collect your payment and billing information.
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We collect information when you access content, advertising, sites, interactive widgets, applications, and other products (both on and off of our Services) where Oath’s data collection technologies (such as web beacons, development tools, cookies and other technologies, etc.) are present. These data collection technologies allow us to understand your activity on and off our Services and to collect and store information when you interact with Services we offer to partners.
This information also includes the kind of content or ads served, viewed or clicked on; the frequency and duration of your activities; the sites or apps you used before accessing our Services and where you went next; whether you engaged with specific content or ads; and whether you went on to visit an advertiser’s website, downloaded an advertiser’s app, purchased a product or service advertised, or took other actions.
Information from Others.  We collect information about you when we receive it from other users, third-parties, and affiliates, such as:
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There’s more. Lots more. Basically, this is some kind of anti-Miranda policy. Anything you say and do, at our places or at any other places that interact with ours, will be kept and used by us in any damn way we please. So STFU.

The NSA records every phone conversation on the planet. The Post Office will open your mail if they feel like it. Hit the Enter key, and anything digital you do belongs to someone else.

There is no privacy. Welcome to the matrix.



Your daily pedo-chick

Hypnotherapist, 28, banged a 14 yo boy

In Florida of course. What is going on with that state???

A Scottish hypnotherapist was busted in Florida for having sex with a 14-year-old boy who paid her $480 for a hotel tryst, police and a report said.

The Orlando teen said he was searching and found Sophia Belle — later identified as Sarah Louise McGill by her UK passport, according to her arrest report.

Orange County police said the teen and McGill, 28, began to text and met in person at a Marriott hotel, where he paid her $480 for sex, in a mix of $50 and $20 bills.

After speaking with the boy and his father, cops went to the same fourth-floor hotel room Saturday and found McGill there with another man, they said.

The room’s safe was allegedly filled with cash, condoms and used condom wrappers, according to the arrest report.


She was charged with lewd or lascivious battery and was freed from Orange County Jail on bond Monday.

Oh wait. She’s a busy little whore. Or at least playing one while on vacation. Never mind. Um, why is this even news then??? Isn’t pay to lay what they do?

PS - So this kid, who is pretty obviously a drug dealer ( how else would a 14 yo have a big wad of 20s and 50s ??? ) solicits her online, hooks up, and then rats her out to daddy and the cops? WTF?

Or do the cops monitor all online and cellphone traffic in Florida, just itching to protect society on a grand scale, by busting a hooker in a hotel room? I feel so much safer for that.

Why isn’t the kid charged with solicitation, or rape, or whatever charges they nail johns with these days, since (according to PC) all prostitutes are sex slaves? And damn, she’s not bad looking at all.

PPS - in the original story at the UK’s Daily Mail, the boy is referred to as “the victim”. Some victim ... actively searches her up online, has a fat wad of cash to spend, totally initiates the encounter. Regardless of how old he appears to be, or whether he lied about his age, it’s her who has done wrong? What a crock of crap.



I had the plumber here for half the day. Lucky us, it turns out that neither the water lines or the drain in the kitchen were broken. We had water coming up out from between the pressed wood floor tiles. Ruh roh!! What we had was a grease clog where the pipes come together and meet the main drain under the hallway floor. So when we ran the washing machine, which is in the kitchen, or the dishwasher, they’d try to drain a whole lot of water at once, which would back up and fill the vertical drain pipe for the washing machine. Which would then leak out over the top, go down inside the wall, and run out under the floor tiles but over the concrete slab. So we were seeing water, and the floor tiles are all swollen and popping up. It set me back a chunk of money, but getting things professionally snaked out for 50 feet is 25 times cheaper than carving up the concrete floor to replace pipes. So we got off easy. From now on, we’re going to use some of that grease eating bacteria stuff. You mix up a half cup and pour it down the drains once a week or so. And the bacteria multiply and eat up all the grease. Because plumbers cost a lot more.

Right. So the kitchen is mostly dry and cleaned up at this point. I’m still going to have to rip up some of the tiles so that the concrete can dry out on top, so it won’t go moldy. So I’m guessing a couple hundred for some new flooring, and a weekend of swearing and frustration to put it in.



Our Stasi Goverment: Mueller Has FBI Raid Trump’s Lawyer, Just Like They Did To Manafort

Did they even ask for the Stormy documents first? Did they subpoena anything and get the cold shoulder? Not as far as I know.

Know what all of this BS is? It’s another act in the DC Douchebag Circus, and it’s payback for Kenn Starr’s never ending investigation of the Clintons. Who were never raided, and allowed to lie, hide documents, and ignore the rules, because they’re above the law. But Trump gets the Gestapo treatment right from the get go?  Over screwing a porn star, maybe? Who isn’t even Russian? Or a helpful, well-heeled assistant just paying some con artist some hush money to shut her up?

But this whole never ending, ever expanding, universal everything and everyone ever investigation? Out of control witch hunt much???

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents on Monday raided the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, said from the White House that it was a “disgrace” that the FBI “broke into” his lawyer’s office. He called Mueller’s investigation “an attack on our country,” prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department’s special counsel.

The raid was done by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and was based at least partly on a referral from Mueller, according to Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.

“The decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said in a statement. “It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”

The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump even as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team, which in addition to investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is also examining whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice.

The law enforcement action will almost certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006. The payment was made just days before the 2016 presidential election, and Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it.

To obtain a warrant, prosecutors and agents must convince a judge that they have probable cause of criminal activity and that they believe they’ll find evidence of wrongdoing in a search. A warrant requires multiple levels of approval within the Justice Department, and agency guidelines impose additional hurdles when the target of a search is an attorney like Cohen.

Authorities working with Mueller chose a similar tactic last summer when they raided the Virginia home of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was subsequently indicted and is awaiting trial.

In this case, though, Mueller opted to refer the matter to federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Besides Cohen’s office, agents also searched a hotel room where he’s been staying while his home is under renovation.

No respect for the office of President AT ALL. What a disgraceful C-nut.


Monday Is Stupid People As The News Day

•  MSNBC’s Joy Reid has on-air fantasy about President Trump resisting arrest. And getting hauled off to jail, at least. Nutsy poo-poo!!

•  Boulder City CO passes assault gun ban, including weapons with a middle part that goes down. Not to be confused with a shoulder part that goes up. These guys are in a world of stupid. How many many times has Philadelphia tried to pass their own gun laws, only to be shot down by the state government each and every time? You can’t do this, you morons. And what they wrote is so (deliberately?) vague the bans could apply to nearly anything.

BOULDER — A controversial city ordinance to ban “assault weapons, bump stocks and high capacity magazines” passed the Boulder City Council unanimously on first reading Thursday night after more than five hours of public testimony on both sides of the issue.
Councilwoman Jill Adler Grano, who asked for the ordinance, called the ban a “no brainer.”

“I don’t see this as taking away Second Amendment rights,” Grano said. “The Second Amendment does not protect assault weapons. There have been hundreds and hundreds of mass shootings in America. This is a long overdue proposal. I think it’s time to say enough, not in the city of Boulder.”
Those in favor of the ban say something must be done to stop the bleeding. Those opposed say gun ownership is a Second Amendment right.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Doug Robinson said Friday that he agreed with the latter and, if elected, would financially penalize any city or county that took away those rights.

“Regardless of where they live, citizens of Colorado have a fundamental Second Amendment right,” Robinson told Complete Colorado. “Any city that attempts to take away that right, or undermine state or federal law will lose state funding in a Robinson Administration.”
David Kopel, a Constitutional Law professor ... saying there are profound problems with state preemption laws.

“The city attorney’s point of view that any gun that doesn’t have a pistol grip but just has some kind of protrusion on the stock turns this into a very, very broad ban,” Kopel said, also encouraging them to ask about other features that make it illegal.

Next week they’ll pass a ban on red cars, people who are too tall, and flavors of Skittles that they don’t like. WHACKO JUNCTION !!!

•  Not to be outdone, a neighbor association in Kentucky has banned assault dogs. Including any mix that might sort of look like an assault dog.

People living in a Lexington neighborhood were notified last week that several dog breeds, including pit bulls, Great Danes and huskies, were being banned.

Homeowners in McConnell’s Trace were sent letters by the neighborhood developer detailing a change in an existing dog restriction, which previously referred only to unspecified “aggressive breeds,” said Josh McCurn, president of the area’s neighborhood association. Now German shepherds, St. Bernards and chows are among the list of 11 dog breeds restricted from the neighborhood.
among the banned pooches:
Doberman Pinschers
Pit Bulls (including American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and “any dogs containing characteristics of these breeds”)
Alaskan Malamutes

Which characteristics? 4 paws, 2 ears, a tail part that goes wag? A doggy dinky that hangs down? Too far?

It’s not just that the inmates are running the asylum. It’s that they’ve elected the imbeciles least connected to reality, and empowered them to Move Forward to Change.

•  Not sure if I should put myself in this category. Well, at least I’m not in the news about it. I had a dental appointment with Dr. Payne this morning, to get my stitches out. So this time I figured I’d steal a march on the discomfort, so I took one of those oxy-whatever pain pills about an hour before my appointment. On a mostly empty stomach. And when I got there he was running a bit behind, so I hung out in the exam chair for a while. He comes in, looks at my mouth, says they’re not ready yet, come back in two weeks. So I left, and did a quick trip to the grocery store on the way home. I’m a bit loopy at this point. Maybe a bit and a half. But WTH, it’s a nice day and I don’t have to go anywhere until this evening.  But yowsa ... I must have had 25 typing errors just in this one little bullet. Not feeling too coordinated (that took 4 tries on the keyboard) right now, and I think I’m going about 40 in a 25 zone. A bit zoomy.



Driving Me Car-razy

We took a couple new Honda Accord EX-Ls out for a test drive Saturday, both the 1.5L and the far more powerful 2.0L version. I didn’t think the build quality, ride smoothness, or quietness was any better than my Mazda, and not as good as my mom’s new Impala, although the Accord is nearly as big inside as the Impala, which is a far more expensive and powerful larger car. This is what I wrote to the sales people who send me emails every day:

While there is so much to like about the cars - I love how the forward radar shows how far away you are from the car ahead of you, and how the power seat automatically slides back when you shut off the engine to make getting out easier - the seats didn’t seem to offer enough lateral support, and both of us were slipping sideways when we went around corners at mild speeds. While she liked the 1.5 and the CVT, I found it growly and underpowered. While I liked the 2.0 with the 10 speed automatic, I found both ECO and regular mode to be too weighted towards getting into high gear quickly, and Sport mode to be rather excessive. Using the paddles in Sport was just right for me. Both of us were a bit concerned that, upon cold starting, the 2.0 was grumbly and the trans was very grabby. It lurches. After a minute of driving this went away.  Overall, we were both expecting the ride to be smoother and quieter, but the car did handle very well and didn’t get thrown around by the rough condition of W. Nyack Road. So the Accord is still a very strong contender, but it is not as wonderful as we hoped it would be. So our car shopping odyssey continues. “

Just about everything else about the car was excellent. Plenty of room, big trunk, seems very well made, great steering wheel, nice interior, good brakes, great handling, great electronics, all the latest safety stuff. It’s a shame Honda doesn’t make adjustable bolsters in their seat, whether power or manual. AMG, Audi, BMW, and Lincoln do. It’s kind of a Goldilocks and the porridge situation for us; we loved the Civic Si but the seats were impossible. Too much bolster, too narrow a seat. Really hard to get in and out. Dark and dismal interior (black on black on black) too. Deal killer. We loved the 12 way adjustable seats in the Accord EX-L, but there’s hardly any bolster or “bucket” at all. Too little. We drove an Accord 2.0 manual at another dealership a while back. Same seats IIRC, and for the price the car is a stripper. It’s not a value; the $4530 surcharge to get the 2.0 compared to the $2000 surcharge to get the same engine in the EX-L seems like a slap in the face. Somewhere out there is a car that fits us with the performance and feature level that seems right for the price.

PS - Don’t drink the EPA’s downsized Kool-Aid. They consider the new Accord to an upper limit mid-size sedan. It’s interior volume is just a couple cubic feet less than the full size Impala, but the car is about 10” shorter. A good part of that is the Impala’s massive trunk, which is big enough to smuggle an entire family of illegals across the border in. In truth, the exterior measurements of the new Honda Accord are almost exactly the same as a 1974 Chevy Nova, which was considered a compact car back then.



Bowling Blogging

We played the first place team tonight. They’re all good enough to bowl at the management level: they can manage their bowling to achieve pretty much whatever score they want. But even the best have an off night, and sometimes even the worst have an on night. We were on. Or at least I was, and some of my teammates were mostly on. We took the first game by a huge amount, something like 107 pins. Seeing that we got 114 pins handicap, it means they only beat us by 7 in scratch counts ... which don’t matter. The thing is, one of their bowlers runs the pots. They’re just for fun, it isn’t gambling, it’s not actually part of the league, he makes no money at it, and none of the take goes into the league prize fund. There are 4 categories that can be picked for each game, and one pot is awarded for each game. Assuming you play, and put your $3 in. In theory the categories are drawn after each game. In theory. The first pot was for Points Below Average. Their whole team plays, and they all bowled terribly. Somebody on their squad won the prize. In Game 2, they all bowled really well. But so did we. Heck, I threw a 248, one of my best games this season. And they beat us by 4. “Watch what happens” I told my mates. And I was right: the pot category for Game 2 was High Game, which they missed by 2 since somebody on another lane threw slightly better, but finished after a few minutes later. They were tired, maybe drunk, by Game 3. They bowled Ok, we bowled pretty well, and they beat us by 12. The category came up Most Points Over Average, which one of their bowlers had to split with another league member since they both scored the same pins over. Is their little game rigged? It’s hard to say. About 30 people play it weekly, and one of theirs gets one of the prizes about ever 2nd or 3rd week. At least the category Lowest Score didn’t come up tonight, but that’s OK as Melissa wasn’t there tonight. She’s not on their team, but she isn’t a very good bowler, and when that category comes up, she wins it 3 times out of 4. She actually makes money at league. Right. So they won 2 games, we won one, but we had wood by a mile. So we split the points 3-4. I don’t play the pots. I think it’s rigged. I bowled a 639 series tonight, 113 over. Good for me.


The Left must be having multiple splatgasms over this, dreaming The Dream could come true. If it happens in Seoul, why not in DC??

South Korea President Park: Gone, Guilty, Impeached, Fined $17M, And 24 Years In Prison Too

A South Korean judge said Friday that ex-President Park Geun-hye is guilty of abuse of power and coercion. The details came in a nationally televised verdict as Judge Kim Se-yun read a lengthy statement at Seoul Central District Court.

The sentencing was to follow; prosecutors have demanded a 30-year prison term.

Park has been held at a detention center near Seoul since her arrest in March 2017, but she refused to attend Friday’s court session, citing sickness. Park was removed from office early last year following months of massive rallies that saw millions take to the nation’s streets calling for her ouster.

Once seen as the darling of South Korean conservatives, she was dubbed “Queen of Elections” by local media for her track record of leading her party to victory in tight races and still has a small group of fierce supporters who regularly stage rallies calling for her release.

Park maintains that she’s a victim of “political revenge” and has been refusing to attend court sessions since October.  Park has previously maintained her innocence.

A South Korean court has found former President Park Geun-hye guilty on multiple counts of abuse of power, bribery and coercion and sentenced her to 24 years in prison.
Park’s conviction brings to close a corruption scandal which gripped South Korea, upending the country’s politics and implicating some of the country’s most powerful figures.
“The President abused the power which was given to her by the citizens,” the judge said, adding a tough sentence was needed to send a firm message to the country’s future leaders.
Park, 66, was found guilty of 16 of the 18 charges she faced, related to a massive influence-peddling case that removed her from office last year. As well as the prison sentence she was also fined $17 million.

Thankfully, there is no evidence of any Russian collusion.


Still Not Dead Yet, AGAIN

Romanian guy back in court to prove he isn’t dead. The first time wasn’t enough.

A Romanian man who failed to convince a court that he was alive after he was officially registered as deceased by his wife has initiated a new lawsuit to annul his death certificate.

Constantin Reliu said Friday a lawsuit had been filed to cancel the death certificate issued in 2013. He is also suing for the return of assets from his wife Ioana Constantin.

Reliu told The Associated Press: “After my case became public, a lawyer offered to help me with this case for free as I have no money.”

Reliu worked in Turkey for more than 20 years and returned to Romania in January to discover that his wife had had him officially registered as dead. Reliu lost an appeal to overturn his death certificate in March because he appealed too late.

We’re too late. He’s dead, Jim.


It’s 10 of 1 in the morning. I just got home from work. I have to be up in less than 5 hours to do my morning job up at the shack. So a quick post while I have a snack, then it’s off to bed.

Yup, once in a blue moon I actually have to work at my cleaning job. In addition to the regular stuff, tonight it was strip and wax the bathroom floors, and scrub the floors in the rest of the office. The place doesn’t get scrubbed much during the winter. It’s just too mucky to put down a coat of floor polish, but I do run around and get the bad spots most of the time. Right, so it looks good. And the doctor’s side got a coat of Mop ‘n Glo. I would have done more but I ran out. Good enough, and I was in there an extra 4 hours tonight, for which I won’t charge him.


Come On Mr. President, I Want To Hear You Say It

Interior Department Computers Totally Unsecure, Defenseless

Even Years After Major Hack Attack, And All That Post-9/11 DHS Security Spending

“Oh give us 5 years and lots more money and maybe we can make it better”

“You’re FIRED”

What, government accountability, actual digital security after spending billions, and a boss that holds them responsible? I know, in my dreams.

Three years after Chinese hackers stole security clearance files and other sensitive personal information of some 22 million U.S. federal employees, cyber-defenses at the Department of Interior, which hosted White House Office of Personnel Management (OPM) servers targeted in the theft, were still unable to detect “some of the most basic threats” inside Interior’s computer networks — including malware actively trying to make contact with Russia.

In a 16-month examination of Interior’s ability to detect and respond to cyber-threats, evaluators from the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) also discovered that Interior’s technicians simply did not implement a sweeping array of mandatory, government-wide defensive measures ordered up after the disastrous OPM hack, didn’t investigate blocked intrusion attempts, and left “multiple” compromised computers on their network “for months at a time,” according to a redacted OIG report issued in March.

Ultra-sensitive security clearance files have since been moved to the Defense Department, but, among other things, the OIG report noted that:

● sensitive data at Interior could be taken out of the department’s networks “without detection.”

● network logs showed that a computer at the U.S. Geological Survey, an Interior bureau, was regularly trying to communicate with computers in Russia. The messages were blocked, but “the USGS facilities staff did not analyze the alerts.”

● dangerous or inappropriate behavior by network users — including the downloading of pornography and watching pirated videos on Russian and Ukrainian websites — was not investigated.

● computers discovered to be infected with malware were scrubbed as soon as possible and put back into use—meaning little or no effort went into examining the scope and nature of any such threats to the broader network. This happened, the OIG team noted, with one intruder they discovered themselves.

● simulated intrusions or ransomware attacks created by the examiners were carried out with increasing blatancy without a response—in the case of ransomware, for nearly a month

● After the devastating OPM hack, which was discovered in April 2015, the department didn’t even publish a lessons-learned plan for its staffers based on the disaster. The OIG inspectors reported that Interior started to draft an “incident response plan” that month to deal with future intrusions, but “did not publish it until August 2017”— two months after the OIG team had finished their lengthy fieldwork.

● Distressingly, the report also notes that the department’s cybersecurity operations team was not privy to a list of Interior’s so-called “high-value IT assets” prepared by the Chief Information Officer, “due to its sensitive nature.”

In other words, the people tasked with protecting Interior’s most important information sites were not told what they were.

The report notes that such assets include “IT systems, facilities and data that are of particular interest to nation-state adversaries, such as foreign military and intelligence services.” They also often “contain sensitive data or support mission-critical Federal operations.”

In short, “there hasn’t been a lot done” in the wake of the devastating OPM hack, an official in the Inspector General’s office told Fox News. And, to make matters even worse, the OIG official said, “It’s likely that the same tests at other [federal] agencies would yield the same results.”

When OIG staffers presented 23 recommendations to fix the huge gaps in Interior’s digital defenses, the department’s top IT officials agreed — but said some of the most important fixes would take as many as five years, due to budgetary constraints.

“This is totally unacceptable and absurd,” says Jason Chaffetz, former head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which in 2016 issued a scathing report on the lapses surrounding the earlier OPM security breach. (Chaffetz has left Congress and is now a Fox News contributor.)

“With one good trip to Best Buy we might be better off,” he added.

A top cybersecurity expert consulted by Fox News concurred, called the report “pretty damning” and evidence of “gross negligence” on the part of Interior’s top cyber-officials.

What, is every damn computer in the government managed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s jihad spy IT group? W.T.F. ??? 

Fire the whole damn bunch of them, right now. By the thousands. Time for a major blood-letting purge. And then do it right, and fire and arrest every single employee that tries to break the rules. PERIOD.




Maybe we need to do another 3/5 compromise? Yeah, that worked out sooo well last time.

[ I’d say that not only does the census need to ask about citizenship, it’s needs to challenge you to prove it. SSN, passport number, driver’s license number if you live in a state that made you prove citizenship to get one. OTOH, “screw you” would be a perfectly American response, and ought to be proof enough. ]


One Of Those Defensive Use Of Firearms Stories

An armed burglar was shot in the butt on Tuesday by a New Mexico homeowner’s boyfriend after lunging at him with a box cutter. Carlos Vasquez went to meet cleaners who had been hired after a string of break-ins at his girlfriend’s home when he found Michael Dunn inside the home, according to KOB4. When Vasquez confronted Dunn, the intruder pulled out a box cutter and attempted to cut Vasquez. However, Vasquez was armed with a firearm.

“The guy pulled a knife on him and took a swipe at his face that homeowner decided to defend himself,” Albuquerque Police Department Public Information Officer Simon Drobik told the news station.

Vasquez first hit Dunn with the pistol to attempt to ward off the box cutter attack and then fired a shot which ended up hitting the intruder in the butt. Police determined the shooting was in self-defense.

“We don’t advocate shooting anybody, of course,” Drobik told KOB4. “But in this circumstance, he was defending himself.”

Police said they found items stolen from the home in the intruder’s car once they arrived at the scene. The intruder was transported to the hospital. The homeowner’s boyfriend will not be charged with a crime.

In the interest of brevity, the larger online news sites have trimmed some of the details. The house was unoccupied, being cleaned out to go on the market. But there’s also this part, which is in the original story

There was a scuffle. The homeowner’s boyfriend said he had the suspect trapped between a locked security door and the front door. In an attempt to escape, police say Dunn pulled out the knife.

Now, I don’t know what a “locked security door” is, or if the front door to this place had a locked deadbolt on the inside that used a key, which would have prevented burglar Dunn from getting out and running away. But if the perp was actually trapped, with a security door between him and the boyfriend, then maybe this isn’t such a justified shooting after all. And maybe we’re seeing some pro 2A bias in the reporting from the more well known news site. Turnabout is fair play and all that, but no bias is better IMO.



Yeah, no kidding. Told you that weeks ago.

Parkland’s Don’t Bust The Blacks Program Straight Outta Compton Obama

And now Trump has to be the racist bad guy by getting rid of this BS. But of course! That was the plan all along ... kick it down the road, then blame someone else.

Civil rights and education experts continue to urge the Trump administration to scrap an Obama-era school leniency policy that coerced school districts into limiting reports of minority students’ assaultive and threatening behavior.

Under the Obama policy, in place now in more than 50 school districts throughout the country, students whose behavior would have previously drawn an arrest or a suspension are instead referred to “teen courts” or “restorative justice talking circles.” Students who receive such referrals could still be able to purchase a firearm even though they may have a history of violent behavior or threats.

This “disparate impact” policy is based on the assertion that minority students are disciplined at higher rates because of systemic racism by teachers and school administrators.

Attorney Peter Kirsanow, a Republican member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, tells Breitbart News the Obama policy is “horribly flawed” and should be ended “without delay.”

The Obama school discipline policy is based on a number of false assumptions, including the premise that racial disparities in disciplinary rates are due to racial discrimination as opposed to disparities in rates of offense,” asserts Kirsanow, who also chairs the board of directors of the Center for New Black Leadership.

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calendar   Friday - August 26, 2016

fair use

Once in a while having a clearer understanding of the Fair Use Doctrine can come in handy.

What it is: LINK 1

Here’s a checklist: LINK 2

Here’s a nice graphical flowchart: LINK 3

( source )

Remember, at BMEWS it is always our intent to educate our readers in a non-profit manner.

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calendar   Thursday - August 25, 2016

Finishing Strong

We mopped the floor with our opponents last night, taking all 3 games and a total margin of over 100 pins. They were 2 points ahead of us in the standings, but 6 down from the team ahead of them, so our 7-0 win gave us their slot in the standings but wasn’t enough to bridge the points gap into the top 4. So we finished in 5th, and were rewarded a kingly $40 per person. Sweet. Yup, another 3 weeks and we would have been knocking on 1st place. Still, considering we were dead last by 4 points just 7 weeks ago, I think we came back real strong.

I’ve got a couple of new balls on order; the alley’s summer time discount of 40% off created a better price including drilling than any of the online shops would sell me the same balls for without drilling. Sweet.

Winter league starts in 2 weeks. I’m just going to put those balls aside for a little while, not even have them drilled, until I get my release a bit more squared away. I’ve got to my axis tilt and rotation more where they ought to be. Seems like I can either rev the ball up and throw it straight, or rip threw it on the release and get a totally horizontal axis - ie a spinner. Both can make strikes, but neither will hook much at all, so I’m never going to get the kind of entry angle that a big hook shot gives. And that means consistent strikes with a big safety margin. That’s not me. Not yet.

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back to school

First day of school today in our county.

Two new kids on the high school bus early in the morning. Neither was on the grade school bus last year, so they either moved here over the summer or else they escaped from parochial schools and are now experiencing public education for the first time. Woo hoo.

An entire zoo full of little squeakers on the grade school bus. I counted 20 but I don’t think all the kids made it in this morning. And it was helicopter parent time. Oh boy, both mommy and daddy showed up to put junior on the bus, and they got there early with babies in tow to give themselves lots of time to record this momentous event. Even the grandparents were there for a couple of the kids. So in a matter of minutes, I went from total isolation to being ring master for a crowd of almost 70 people. And then, once the individual pictures were taken, the group pictures were taken, the parents only pictures for Facebook were taken, the littlest army filled up half a school bus ("Oh look, how cute! She’s reaching up to take that big first step onto the bus. Get her picture, get her picture!!"), and away they went. An exodus of SUVs and minivans ensued, of size and speed that would make Peiper’s UK Travelers proud. And then it was lonely silence again.

Looks like it’s going to be a good day to paint garages. Now until frost actually.

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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2016

And now for something completely different..

At Haymarket Park: Trump by a Bobblehead

It was the battle of the bobbleheads.

Five hundred plastic, blue-pantsuit-wearing Hillary Clintons stood on tables across from 500 “Make America Great Again” red hat-wearing Donald Trumps—a stare down, but with plastered smiles on their bobblehead faces. Tuesday night marked the third Bobble Election at Haymarket Park, held in honor of the upcoming presidential election.

Saltdogs’ fans cast their votes by choosing a free bobblehead before settling down for a game. Whichever of the 500 bobbleheads ran out first was the winner.

Charlie Meyer, president and general manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs, said the poll wasn’t about politically dividing baseball fans but having fun and satisfying curiosity: Will Trump or Clinton be the last man or woman standing?

“It’s been a heated race, and I think it will get much more heated once we get closer to November,” Meyer said. “But this is a fun deal.”

Besides entertainment, Meyer said they hoped to raise awareness by reminding people who haven’t registered to vote to go do so.

It’s 6am, home after a long day (night? Gotta love 3rd shift) at work, and I miiiiiight have made that bourbon & Coke a little stronger than anticipated (Wild Turkey 101, was finishing off the bottle)
This story made me smile. 

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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

Rule 34 Is For Real

Rule 34 is the internet rule that says that some kind of porn exists for everything. Shoes, puppies, blueprints, Swiss cheese, rare books, anything. And if porn doesn’t exist for it, the mere mention that such is the case will cause porn to be created for it.

After making my previous bridge post, I stared at my work and eventually realized there was a girl in the picture. Hiding half the truss, thanks. Fine. If that’s how the game is played, let’s go. I knew of one picture right off the top of my head. I even knew the model’s name. So to the search engines, and I plug in “Ariel bridge”

and what comes back is ...


Not what I expected, but both awesome and abhorrent in its own right.

Awesome, because what you’re looking at is a bowstring truss bridge, made from both wrought and cast iron (like I just wrote about) and utilizing our old friend the Phoenix Column. This means the bridge is older than I beams, but younger than the Civil War (because after the war the Phoenix Iron Company turned swords into plowshares almost literally and used their cannon building technology to make rigid braced hollow tubing that could be easily assembled on site; ie the Phoenix Column). And this particular bridge is given superb coverage by my fellow bridge hunter Nathan Holth. Awesomer, because it’s a “WIBCO”; a bridge made by the prolific Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio. The bridge now lives in a park in Mt. Vernon Ohio, so maybe our friend Turtler can go and visit. Google found it for me because the bridge is funded by the Ariel Foundation. Figures, right?

Abhorrent because the bowstring truss is very strong, so it was a total diss to just nail the thing to the side of a walkway - not even a bridge, just a wooden path with railings on pilings!!! - to make it look like a bridge. This little arch could support a steam locomotive, even though it’s 140 years old. Also abhorr - ok, not really abhorrent, just a bit embarrassing, because the pictures I was looking for all came back in the search too; every one of them already stored in the back room here at this blog. Oh the photos are out there galore; I’m just the only one who renamed them to name the subjects.

Here’s what I was looking for ... mildly NSFW, plus a few others similar, because this is a Rule 34 post after all.

That’s Ariel, she’s on a bridge, and the picture is bloody huge if you save it.

Hey, you knew there’d be redheads involved. They’re always trying to pop up everywhere here.
Ok, a few others, mostly “artistic”. Go find the hardcore ones yourself.




Huh, look at that. A little pop-up window. Thought they were all disabled. Wonder what happens if I click on it?

Hey, hey, what’s happening here? I’m losing control of my PC!! Windows opening everywhere!!


Now wait just a goldarn minute here! There ain’t no bridge in that last pic! (assistant whispers in ear, bringing Drew up to date) Oh, it’s called a bridge? Fine. But enough.

Rule 34: give them an inch, and they’ll try and sell you some cream to make it 9 inches.

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full countered Pratt pony

Yes, it’s finally time for another bridge post.



Counters are the diagonal members running in the opposite direction. They help manage shear stress. By using the full set of counters you get a bridge made of “X"s, which is very good at supporting transitional loads ... like when a locomotive drives up one end of the span, across it, and off the other end. This is also the very best reason to use forged steel components, because steel can handle switching from tension to compression, which wood and iron can’t. Wood is always weak in tension, cast iron is weak in tension, and forged iron is weak in compression.

Too cute ... the model’s name is Bailey. Like the Bailey bridge? Maybe she has a sister named Bridge-ette.

Woo hoo!

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borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.

Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.

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under the knife

That does it. The cat is going to get fixed. I can not take it any more.

Dizzy the cat, the mostly blind one, is in heat. Again. Every 4 god damn weeks, I swear. And she’s a very talkative cat to begin with. Which means now I’ve got Opera Cat, doing her full-throated arias all over the house. All day, all night. For days.

Would. You. Please. Shut. The. Flying. Fuck. Up!!!

It doesn’t matter how much she gets petted, or rubbed, or brushed, or played with, or snuggled, or fed. Or anything. A minute later and she’s at it again. 3 in the morning and she jumps up on the bed and starts howling.

Lucky for her she really isn’t trying to get out of the house. Because I might just be too tempted to let her. But more kittens is the last thing we need around here.

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calendar   Friday - August 19, 2016

thanko yu for not sweating



Only in Japan!! Or by mail order!!! $42 at Japan Trend Shop

h/t to Stoaty the Weasel

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calendar   Thursday - August 18, 2016

Almost Made It

We took 5 last night, going 5-2 against the first place team. Not quite enough to knock them off their throne, but enough to give it a big wobble and leave them vulnerable in the finals next week.

I got to play hero twice, putting myself totally in the zone the last few frames of each game to try and pull out a win. That worked in the first game, where I just fixated on the 2nd arrow and threw 9/ X XXX to finish and put 80 on the board for a fat margin win. Tried as hard as I could in Game 2, rolling X X XX9 to add 89 to our score; not enough for a win, but enough so that we lost small, by only 12 pins or so. It wasn’t really necessary in Game 3 because we were well ahead anyway, but I still did X XX9 just for gits and shiggles. I ended the night with a 557 series, which is about where my bowling ought to be.

Next week ... position round, and the parsing of the money. Money honey, woo hoo. Yeah, like $5 each. Ain’t no money in summer league honey.

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calendar   Wednesday - August 17, 2016

Leaving Home

On the off chance anybody checks out the Left Coast and can’t escape in time to eat their meals elsewhere, I know a number of good suggestions I might list if people are interested.

Well, I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but now I have an announcement to make. And while I have been drafting posts about both the Iran Ransom and the Olympics (and how politics and cheating go hand in hand), but the big news I have to give is closer to home.

I am still committed to this blog and the Great Cause of our time, but tomorrow- possibly today for you- on August 17th I will be moving halfway across the country. I don’t make it a secret that while I am a man of the right, I have also been a Californian born and raised. And what’s more, someone that has lived on the dread, died-in-the-wool-left Coast itself. My parents came from the Middle of the country decades ago to live here, and I have lived here in this house my entire life.

Now I am doubling back on the path tread by them, the “Okies”, and the Miner 49ers and moving to Ohio. I have my misgivings about My Grandmother is getting on in years and could use our help, and above all the costs of uprooting from the home of 20~ years and moving halfway across the country to a place I scarcely know are less than the costs of staying. Taxes are high, a criminally insane water policy has all but insured drought will strike again, the “law” tried to abolish concealed carry, and I still remember the times when Bernie’s Brownshirts attacked a Trump Rally down the street while two married Jihadists slaughtered a Christmas Party.

This would be the chance where the jokes about the Far Left Coast would come up. But in all due honesty… I feel they’re mostly out of place for me personally. I am NOT blind to California’s innumerable flaws, chief among them the dual facts that it seems committed to being re-annexed by Mexican drug cartels and the fact that it has helped elect every Leftist president we have been cursed with. But the California I knew was generally good to me on the whole. Even with a hideously corrupt school system and government. The neighborhoods were good, The food’s delicious (especially if you know where to look), the climate’s generally above par (though anybody who thinks it shines all the time has never shivered in 30 degree F weather in the middle of Fall of in Santa Clara). And perhaps most surprisingly… almost everybody I have met- and I mean almost everybody- from school on was friendly or neutral. And hard as it may seem, many people know about my political and philosophical beliefs- including in school- and were accepting of it, sans a few individuals (two or three of whom I am proud to say I helped fire).

So on some level I think a part of me will always belong to here, even long after I leave. It is the land of my childhood and nothing I can do will change that. And I suppose I can see why many people might be drawn in by the warm, fuzzy glow of a Leftist, progressive utopia. After all, my life has largely been a demonstration of its’ better sides (to the extent that oxymoron exists).

But even then the underlying rot crept up from the cracks. That was all too obvious from when one of my (married) math Co-Teachers was arrested and dragged off for shagging a student, probably with the knowledge of the Principal.  Even though his wife also worked on the very campus. But more damning was the bitter, encrusted corruption that lies at the top of the school districts and how my parents had to use their legal skill and positions in the PTA to fight a years long, savage battle with a system run by people who will screw over their students- including the disabled- in order to serve themselves. The fact that I was framed for defusing a situation with a history professor blocking the door and physically threatening me was probably the nadir of it. And I think it mirrors the dozens of ways=- from water infrastructure to sanctuary cities to drugs to forest ires- that this dream fails. How it crumbles when even a handful of people with black hearts, greedy natures, avarice, or simple incompetence get high enough on the food chain, and how no amount of resources, Godly mercy, or well intentioned people are around.

I was just one of the ones lucky or blessed enough to not suffer the full consequences. The brilliant VDH has made a long, long series of posts that show a fuller story. It’s well worth reading, just in case you thought you knew everything about Leftist Lunacy.

So, what next for me? I don’t know. But regardless of what happens I do know I can look forward to one thing. Ohio’s a swing state, and we’re moving in time for voter re-registration for the General Election. Which means for whatever I’ve given up, I will have the chance to do something I really never have done before. Cast a vote in the General Election that might make a non-trivial difference. And ultimately, why else was America founded?

In any event, I look forward to getting back in the swing of things.

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calendar   Tuesday - August 16, 2016

Bigger Red Is Extra Green

Well duh, of course having Americans building, owning, maintaining, and crewing the ships that go from one US port to another raises the price of goods a tiny bit. If we had a bunch of beaner boats crewed by Mongolians, Greeks, and Filipinos like most international shipping, the wages would be even more pathetic and the ships run down to rusty hulks. And it would even easier to sneak in spies, terrorists, and Democrat Commie agitators. I’m not usually a fan of protectionist legislation like the sugar subsidy, but I think I’m in favor of this one.  HOWEVER I can see modifying it a bit to keep it modern: it should not apply to American territories, protectorates, or states that are islands and more than 25 miles out to sea, or to coastal states that are not contiguous or adjacent to other states or territories by more than 50 miles.  In other words, create a loophole for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, American Somoa, USVI, and Puerto Rico.

Such an act: Keeping up with the Jones


Hey, this one’s only red on top and on the bottom. Wait, um, never mind.  red face

Crowley Maritime Corp. took delivery Friday of MT West Virginia, the fourth new Jones Act product tanker built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). Crowley will christen the West Virginia on Tuesday at a ceremony at Philly Shipyard.

The LNG-ready West Virginia can be converted for propulsion by liquefied natural gas (LNG), joining sister ships Louisiana, Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 and 2016 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.

Like its sister ships, West Virginia is 50,000 dead-weight-tons (dwt) and capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of product. The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. The

vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the charterer.

If converted to run on LNG, then this ship would have practically no carbon footprint. Well, “no footprint” relative to 600’ cargo ships of 50Kdwt. But aside from a sailboat, that’s as clean and green as it gets.

The Jones Act is a 1920 bit of protectionist legislation properly called The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 that says “keep American shipping American”, from the beginning to the end. It’s all about “cabotage”, a most excellent and rare word, that means the exact opposite of “NIMBY”. It’s total “IMBY”: it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that there’s a paragraph in there requiring the steel used has to be mined and refined here, and any wood grown and worked within our borders. Jones Act, Fuck Yeah!

cabotage:  a requirement that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried on U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

Super Patriot John McCain tried to nullify the Jones Act in 2015.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 05:13 PM    avatar
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Big Red



Ain’t she a beauty? That’s a Lockheed 5B Vega from 1928. This the 22nd model 5B Vega built, and it became an unique variant when the wasp B engine was replaced with a 420hp supercharged Wasp C engine of 22 liters displacement (1343 cu in). At the same time the engine was replaced, many of the 7 passenger seats were removed to make room for a nice big gas tank that held 420 gallons. It was in this flying barrel of petrol that Amelia Earhart set off to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic on May 20, 1932. She mostly made it; her intended destination was Paris, but Ireland made a great place to land when things started going wrong ...

Her plan was to fly all the way to Paris, but after her altimeter had failed, encountering adverse weather, including heavy icing and fog, a fuel leak, and a damaged exhaust manifold, Earhart landed in a field at Culmore, North Ireland. The distance flown was 2,026 miles (3,260.5 kilometers). Her elapsed time was 14 hours, 56 minutes.

A lone, astonished farmer saw her land.

Amelia cut the switches, climbed out of the plane, and, as the man approached the plane, called out, “Where am I?”

Danny McCallion replied obligingly and with excruciating accuracy. “In Gallegher’s pasture.”


Later that year, Earhart flew the Vega to another record. On August 24-25, she made the first solo, nonstop flight by a woman across the United States, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. The flight covered a distance of 2,447 miles and lasted about 19 hours.

The aircraft now resides in the National Air and Space Museum. Right click the pictures here for much larger versions.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 03:39 AM    avatar
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Dang, nobody posted nothing today.

Hey, we won 5-2 at bowling last week. And Wednesday is our last day of competition; the finals are next week. We’re up against the 1st place team, and if we stomp them they’ll drop like a rock. We’ll never take the lead, but at least we can trash their dreams and enjoy the schadenfreude. Nasty? No, not really. They really aren’t very good bowlers. They’re in the lead because they get such a huge handicap from everyone. If we can get our duckies in a row again we can drop kick them right off the lanes.

Weather for Wednesday night will be cooler and drier. Still warm but not the rain forest kind of swelter we’ve been having. Which is actually typical NJ summer time. Steam bath. Hmm. So maybe that will mean the lane oil will be a bit tackier, and break a little early for a change? An active back end? Cool. That’s just what we want.

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2016 at 03:16 AM    avatar
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